Boxed food – a new food group!

As I child (and even as a young adult), I was an extremely picky eater. So picky in fact, I would only eat food from one food group. Boxed food. You say that’s not a food group? Nonsense!

Pretty much anything that came in a box, I’d eat – and that’s all I’d eat.

  • Cereal – sure!
  • Mac N Cheese – my favorite, especially the white cheddar version
  • Hamburger Helper! Now we’re talking gourmet level cooking here, folks

The boxed food category also included anything that I could get from a fast food restaurant.

  • Popeye’s chicken comes in a box – another one of my favorites and a Friday night tradition in our household
  • Meche’s donuts come in a box – that was our Sunday morning tradition. They are better than Krispy Kreme’s, I assure you. If you really want to be naughty, get a dozen holes and ask them to cover them in chocolate sauce. You’ll be licking the container. It’s okay, I promise it’ll be our little secret :)

I’m blaming my father’s picky tastes for rubbing off on me. He deemed anything that was not served over rice “Yankee food” and hated pizza (hey, that came in a box – another thing I’d gladly eat, with limited toppings, of course). He also refused to eat any form of ethnic food. I was convinced that Chinese food was scary and wouldn’t even CONSIDER trying Thai food. I finally had to ease up on my food restrictions when I started going to lunch with co-workers after I graduated from college & began working. I worked with many people from Asian countries and thought it disrespectful to refuse to eat somewhere with them for lunch, especially if it was a restaurant that served their culture’s food.

Slowly and with plenty of guidance, I started to dip my toe into the “scary food” water. And you know what? I LOVE Thai food! Love it. Anyone in their right mind will agree with me, I’m sure. I’m still pretty picky, but I am glad to say that I can usually find something I will eat on the menus of most restaurants. Except mediterranean food, I haven’t ventured there yet. Olives – they scare me. Take this from the girl who just started eating grapes about 3 years ago. I am not kidding. My friend Richard was there the first time I tried a grape at J Christopher’s one morning at breakfast. It was a moment to remember, trust me.

I’ve since expanded my horizons and I regularly eat things like VEGETABLES (oh, the horror!), fruit and various forms of protein. I’ve leared that food quality is of great importance and the more I learn about our food system, the more concerned I am over the future health of our country. I’ll save the more serious stuff for a later post.

I just thought you’d like to know there’s a new food group that you may have never heard of – boxed food. Sadly, many of our fellow Americans live solely on the boxed food diet. I really think a great many people could benefit from learning some basic cooking skills (again, a topic for another post).

Don’t be afraid to venture outside of the box. Get a cookbook, explore new flavors. It can be exciting and fun!

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One Response to Boxed food – a new food group!

  1. gwen says:

    Meche’s King cake!

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